Start Farming Blog
At a recent study circle meeting held in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, vegetable growers shared their questions, thoughts and experiences about how to make the most efficient use of time, tools, labor and resources on the farm.
Where are you going? In the sheep business, many of us might be headed to the barn, headed to a sale, or heading out to the pastures to check on sheep. Yes, that tells where we are going at that point in time, but where are you headed in the future? Do you have any production goals for your flock?
Honey bees are in the news almost every week. The public has been reminded of the importance of honey bees in the production of everything from apples and almonds to onions and alfalfa. (It is the onion/alfalfa seed they help with). And, the bee’s plight has struck a sympathetic nerve with many folks. Maybe you’re one of them.
The Penn State Extension Start Farming Team is set to begin another season of study circle discussion networks in five hubs across the state.
Penn State Extension has planned nine educational meetings for commercial tree fruit growers this winter. The regional meetings are being held all across the state. A statewide "Pruning by the Numbers," demo is also scheduled.
I spent most of the summer writing a review paper on apple rootstocks and came across quite a bit of information that might be of interest to commercial fruit growers.
We visited with Ephraim Zook at his farm in Ephrata, PA. Ephraim has been farming vegetables on 60 acres since 2000.
Internal parasites have been an issue in sheep production for a long time. As producers, we all strive to prevent parasite infections as much as possible, but one avenue that many of us have overlooked is the opportunity to utilize EBV (Estimated Breeding Values) data generated through NSIP, the National Sheep Improvement Program, to help promote genetic resistance to parasites.
Ag Marketing Educator, John Berry, reflects on one of the most common questions he's been asked over the course of his 20 years with Penn State Extension.
Many fruit growers across the state are incorporating sustainable practices, and many of these practices can be implemented by beginning farmers to show their customers they are being good stewards of the environment.
A new Sustainable Agriculture Educator, Megan Chawner, joined Penn State Extension in Lehigh and Northampton counties the beginning of December.
You may be receiving an email or a letter from Penn State in the coming weeks. You need to take action in order to continue receiving updates and alerts from Extension.
There are a lot of good reasons for using covers crops on vegetable farms including recycling or adding nitrogen to the soil.
Portable equipment can help producers, including small-scale and local farmers, get products to market quickly.
The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit team has created new videos for fruit growers. These ten minute ‘Learn Now’ videos are short, to-the-point guides explaining topics that are fundamental to commercial orchard intensification and efficiency.
The fall season brings excitement, fatigue, and stress as farmers are trying to maximize their harvest with uncooperative weather, limited workers, and shorter days. With the urgency felt by farm families during this season, here are some safety reminders.
With more farmers thinking about how to transition their operations to the next generation-including those who own farms preserved in perpetuity for agricultural production-the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is making new funding available to ensure those operations have an up-to-date succession plan.
Good shepherds should be focused on good management practices, high performance sheep and meeting the needs of customers.
View this new 4-part video series to help you understand how your farm or food business may be affected under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
During the last four weeks we have observed a very sharp increase in the number of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) adults collected in various monitoring traps placed around orchards located in southern Pennsylvania. After relatively lower levels of infestation on fruit observed during the last two seasons, this 2016 harvest seems to bring back a serious BMSB challenge.